Welcome to Sandburg 5th Grade!


Last updated: May 8, 2022

PLEASE NOTE:  Most things noted below about how 5th grade will be run next year are still in the works and are subject to change. This information reflects our current direction and best guess at what will be offered and how things will be run at Sandburg for 5th grade. 

Current 5th Grade News
Important Upcoming Dates
General 5th Grade Information

Note: Information in this section is currently being planned and is subject to change.

NOTE: Additional Information about Sandburg can be found on the Main Sandburg PTA webpage and the New to Sandburg webpage.

In an attempt to help parents of incoming 5th graders from Field, who will be attending 5th grade at Sandburg during the 2022-23 school year, the PTA has put together this webpage. If you think we should add or change something on this page, please contact Anna Wick.



Make sure you set aside some time to meet Mrs. Fehrenbacher (Sandburg Principal), Mr. Gail (Sandburg Vice Principal), and Tracy Ries (Sandburg PTA President for 2022-23) at Field's National Walk/Bike to School Day Festivities! They will all be available for an informal meet & greet on May 4 from 7:50 to 9:20 am outside at Field, and will be wearing name tags so you can easily identify them.

2022 -2023 SCHOOL SUPPLY Ordering Info

The Field PTA is happy to provide you the opportunity to order your 2022-2023 school supplies! We know next year will be different in many ways, but ordering your school supplies will stay the same. The 5th grade list was created by Field 5th grade teachers as usual. All kits will be shipped to your home mid summer. PLEASE NOTE: If you are purchasing school supplies for 2022-2023, YOU MUST order through the Field School Supply Link only!! NOT through Sandburg.
Ordering is easy! Just use the 2022-2023 Field School Supply Link to place your order. Orders will be taken through July 1st. If you have any questions, please contact the Field PTA School Supply Chairs Katharine Wagner or Sandy Schultz.

Sandburg Walk Through for 5th Grade Families

5th Grade Families are invited for a Tour of Sandburg sometime over the summer of 2022 (date TBD). During this time, families will be able to see 5th grade classrooms. They will also meet their grade level counselor and school administrators, and view a presentation about what 5th grade will look like at Sandburg. In addition, students will also receive a locker and a lock, and get a special gift from the PTA!


For the 2022-23 School Year, the Sandburg PTA will be coordinating some 5th Grade only activities and events, which will include:

  • Filling the 3-3:30 pm "gap" between when the 5th Grade School Day ends and before Sandburg after-school events 
  • 5th Grade Fall and Spring Socials
  • 5th Grade Class Parties (in winter and spring)
  • Room Parents for each 5th Grade Classroom
  • 5th Grade Running Club during lunch recess in spring and fall

If you are interested in chairing or helping out with any of these events, please contact Kelly Asseff and/or Liz Ott.

JOIN THE PTA for 2022-23

Note: The 2022-23 PTA school year will start sometime this summer - this post will be updated at that time to let families know it's time to join.


Bus: 5th Grade students will be bused to and from Sandburg on their own buses - they will NOT be on the same buses as the 6th through 8th middle school students. The 5th grade buses will arrive before the middle school buses in the morning, and will leave before the middle school buses in the afternoon.

Alternate Transportation: Students may also use alternate transportation, including walking, biking or driving. Students should enter Sandburg at the back (door 7).


See the information on the New to Sandburg page about School Communications. 5th Grade parents will be included in these communications for the 2022-23 school year.

Typical Day for 5th Grade

PLEASE NOTE:  Most things noted below about how 5th grade will be run next year are still in the works and are subject to change. This information reflects our current direction and best guess at what will be offered and how things will be run at Sandburg for 5th grade. 

Fifth Grade at Sandburg will be very much like 5th Grade at Elmhurst Elementary Schools -  students won't change classrooms and will run on the same schedule as all elementary students. However, they will get a taste of middle school during specials and after school activities.

  • Arrival: 5th Graders should arrive between 8-8:15 am and enter Sandburg in the back through door 7. 5th grade begins at 8:15 am. (Note: Middle School doesn't start until 8:30 am.)
  • Classrooms: 5th Grade classrooms are upstairs in rooms 220, 221 and 222.
  • Lunchtime: 
    • 5th Grade will have their own separate time in the Sandburg lunchroom, and hot lunch will be offered. More information about lunch can be found on the New to Sandburg webpage. 
    • Lunch Recess - 5th Graders will be provided with balls and equipment, and will have space in the field between Sandburg and Edison for recess.
    • 5th Grade Clubs During Lunch
      • Running Club - run by PTA
      • 5th Grade Choir - run by Sandburg choir director Mr. Gaunt
  • Specials: Art, Music, and PE classes will likely be provided by Sandburg staff
  • REACH/SERG/Speech/IEP Services: will be provided 
  • Departure: School will end at 3 pm (Note: Middle School ends at 3:30 pm)
AFTER SCHOOL for 5th Grade
  • 5th Grade Clubs & Extracurricular Opportunities
    • Yearbook
    • Chess Club
    • Student Council
    • Band/Orchestra (per usual with other 5th graders)
  • PTA to fill the gap between 3-3:30 pm - parent volunteers to host a homework club & snack time
  • Parents will be required to provide a way for their student to get home at the conclusion of any after school activities, just like in elementary school. (5th Graders may NOT use the Sandburg late bus.)
PTA Provided Enrichment during the school year

The 5th Grade Students will be able to participate in the following activities during the school year which will be provided by the Sandburg PTA:

In addition, 5th grade parents are invited to join middle school parents for our Trivia Night!


Reach out on Facebookcall the school office, email anyone on the 5th Grade Parent Committeeemail anyone on the PTA Executive Boardyour teacher, and/or Principal Fehrenbacher. Everyone is here to help you and your child succeed at Sandburg!